GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In light of Police Memorial Week, counties across Oregon are honoring those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Thursday, Josephine County held a memorial ceremony at the United Methodist Church.
Community members and various law enforcement officers gathered to honor fallen officers. Grants Pass officials from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon State Police and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety spoke at the ceremony. They honored six officers who lost their lives since 1933, Trooper Burrell Baucom, Captain Emmet Blackmun, Deputy Alice Moran, Deputy Glenn Allen, Sergeant Marvin Brewster and Deputy Thomas Rice.
One person who attended the memorial says he wanted to be there because his family works in law enforcement, but also because he is grateful for other officers who serve to protect the community.
“I’m proud of the service that all of the young people are doing for us at this time of need and I’m blessed in the county for having the kind of people to serve us,” Gilbert Aguinaga says.
Friday there will be a memorial service for the Jackson County area. The Medford Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will have that ceremony at the Singlar Plaza beginning at 10 a.m.